TSGT Joe F Lopez

TSGT Joe F Lopez

Birth
Death 9 Jun 1942 (aged 27)
Auckland, New Zealand
Burial Taft, San Patricio County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 150788639 · View Source
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Killed in the crash of US Army Air Corps
B-17E Flying Fortress #41-2667 when the
aircraft failed to gain altitude on takeoff
from the airdrome at Whenuapai, Auckland,
New Zealand for a flight to Laverton, Victoria,
Australia during World War II.

All eleven aboard died when the cargo of
bombs detonated after the the plane had
impacted the ground and caught fire.

The personnel killed were:

Col. Richard E Cobb, Pilot
Capt. James R Bruce, Jr, Co-Pilot
2nd Lt. Edward H Hoffman, Navigator
TSgt. Charles P Brunson, Crew
SSgt. Harry Cohn, Crew
TSgt. Joe F. Lopez, Crew
Cpl. John R Clanton, Crew
Cpl. James Herriotts, Jr, Crew
Pvt. Curtis Childers, Crew
Lt. Edwin W Hurst, Passenger, USN
Capt. Jean Clovis Alexandre Gilbert, Passenger, Free French Navy (Noumea)

[Do not know the reason the death date is
off by one day on the grave marker--possible
administrative error].


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  • Created by: Zeke
  • Added: 15 Aug 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 150788639
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT Joe F Lopez (20 Dec 1914–9 Jun 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 150788639, citing Taft Memorial Park, Taft, San Patricio County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Zeke (contributor 48727616) .